Painting Cabinets Part Deux

Good morning!

It’s going to be a good day ladies and gentlemen!

We’re on to the second phase of Painting Kitchen Cabinets. At this point the kitchen island has been sanded and has a coat of primer on it. Now we are ready for paint. I applied 2 coats of a cool white (it happens to be their trim color) with a 4″ roller and a brush, drying thoroughly between coats. The paint I choose to use on cabinets and furniture is an interior eggshell finish. I have tried the paint that some companies specify for furniture and have never been happy with the results. I do, on occasion, use milk paint which has come back into popularity.
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Let the second coat of paint dry overnight, insuring a smooth application of glaze.

The glaze I choose to use for furniture is Faux Effects AquaCreme. It stays workable longer than other glazes on the market. You may want to test first and see what ratio of paint to glaze that you want to use to get the amount of color that you are looking for. What I did when creating a sample for my client was I went to Home depot and purchased a small piece of moulding. This way they could see how the glaze will look on the hills and in the crevices. I used approximately one part paint to three parts glaze.

When applying the glaze I brush it on and wipe it down with cheesecloth. Menards has the most economical cheesecloth in packages. I, however, if possible, prefer to get it on a bolt from a fine paint store nearby. It has a better feel to me and already comes cut into sections. If you get the packaged kind you will want to spend a few mintues cutting into useable pieces, say 12″-18″ long.
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I applied the glaze in an area that got the most natural light so that my clients could get a final look and okay the glaze color before continuing. I then continued around the island covering all the newly painted areas.
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This needs to dry at least overnight and even better, 2-3 days before applying the finish coats.

This is a closeup of how the glaze looked.
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Next week the final product will be posted. Go out and have a good day everyone!
Doris

Painting Kitchen Cabinets

Hello there!

Have you considered painting your kitchen cabinets and don’t know where to start? Or maybe a furniture piece? The basics are the same for both really.

I have been working on a project lately that I will be posting on over the next couple of weeks. My client wants her kitchen island changed from a manufactured dark cherry finish to an offwhite with a gray glaze over it. This is a before photo:
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The transformation is quite dramatic. They have actually been working on changing their entire kitchen including my redoing the walls from a green faux finish to one with more neutral tones. New drapery treatments are being made as well.

I can’t stress enough that prep work is essential and well worth the time and effort.

For starters, if you are going to paint cabinets make sure that they are clean and free of grease spatters. This will help the paint layers to adhere to the wood (or whatever material they are made out of).

Remove the cabinet doors and drawers if you are able. (If you can’t remove them they can still be painted it’s just a little trickier.) While you are removing them, and this is important, mark or number which piece goes where. From experience I know what a difficulty it can be if they are not labeled.

Once everything is set in place all of the surfaces can be sanded. Now, they don’t need to be sanded to bare wood, they just need to have a little tooth to them so that the primer and paint will adhere.

All set to start? Is it safe for me to assume that you have taped off and laid out dropcloths? If you need help with that then leave a comment here and I will reply.

I applied the primer with synthetic brush and a 4″ roller. It goes on easier and smoother than just brushing the whole thing.This is what it should look like when finished:
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And with that you are well on your way to having a new facelift for your kitchen!

Have a good weekend everybody!
Doris